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How Heroin Affects the Brain

How heroin affects the brain is one of the reasons why it’s so dangerous to use regularly. Heroin adheres to and activates mu-opioid receptors in the brain that regulate hormones, pain, and other feelings. When they are activated, they release dopamine, causing the individual to think they’re happy because of the use of heroin. There …

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Myths About Drugs

Drug addiction treatment centers are asked many questions by people who are considering seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one. Many of these questions come from some myths about drugs and addiction. Often these drug myths stop a person from seeking help when they need it. Let’s take some time to explore the most …

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Benefits of the 12-Step Program For Addiction

Historically, the 12 step program for addiction, whether it is alcohol or drug addiction, has been a successful method of recovery from substance abuse for many people. One reason why it’s useful is because it’s usually free; donations often support 12 step programs. Another reason why the 12 step program for addiction is effective is …

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Marijuana and Anxiety

Marijuana is as widespread as ever, thanks to changing laws and social attitudes. What you and many Americans may not know is that marijuana links directly with increased anxiety. If you smoke weed and suffer from anxiety, look into inpatient anxiety disorder treatment centers. Read below to learn more about marijuana and anxiety. Marijuana: Chemicals and …

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Understanding Substance Abuse Recovery

When a person reaches the crossroad of a crisis in his or her life, all of the prior learning, beliefs, and coping mechanisms that made him or her tick in the past are suddenly no longer valid. Everything has fallen apart. This knowledge is essential for understanding substance abuse recovery. Those who have been caught …

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Side Effects of Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence report that 1 in every 12 adults in the United States suffer from some type of alcohol dependence. It is the most regularly-used addictive substance nationwide. Regularly drinking large amounts of alcohol can cause the brain to get used to how the substance interferes with neurotransmitters and absorption. …

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Emotional Effects of Alcohol

Mental health treatment programs often find themselves dealing with people who also have problems with alcohol. This is because many people first start drinking in order to try to manage the adverse effects of a psychological issue. The problem is often made worse because the emotional effects of alcohol can cause other problems to intensify. …

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The Long and Short Term Heroin Effects

Heroin is a drug made in a lab with components from the Asian poppy plant. When consumed, heroin becomes morphine. The high associated with heroin can cause users to become dependent on the drug. Below, you will find more information about the long and short term heroin effects. Plus, you’ll see how an individual therapy program at Promises …

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The Importance of Support Groups for Families of Drug Addicts

Drug addiction is a phenomenon with consequences that go well beyond affecting the life of the addict alone. That is why support groups for families of drug addicts are an important part of drug addiction recovery, not only for the addict but for those in his or her life. The relatives of drug addicts also …

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The Role of Opiate Detox Centers in Addiction Recovery

The Role of Opiate Detox Centers in Addiction Recovery Because there are complex factors that contribute to opiate addiction, it is difficult to recover from addiction without professional help. That is why opiate detox centers play such an important role in addiction recovery. Opiate detox centers do not only address the challenges associated with drug …

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